Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground

  • Title: Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground
  • Author: Ahdaf Soueif
  • ISBN: 9781400096633
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mezzaterra Fragments from the Common Ground From the bestselling author of the Booker Prize finalist The Map of Love an incisive collection of essays on Arab identity art and politics that seeks to locate the mezzaterra or common ground in
    From the bestselling author of the Booker Prize finalist The Map of Love an incisive collection of essays on Arab identity, art, and politics that seeks to locate the mezzaterra, or common ground, in an increasingly globalized world.The twenty five years worth of criticism and commentary collected here have earned Ahdaf Soueif a place among our most prominent Arab intelleFrom the bestselling author of the Booker Prize finalist The Map of Love an incisive collection of essays on Arab identity, art, and politics that seeks to locate the mezzaterra, or common ground, in an increasingly globalized world.The twenty five years worth of criticism and commentary collected here have earned Ahdaf Soueif a place among our most prominent Arab intellectuals Clear eyed and passionate, and syndicated throughout the world, they are the direct result of Soueif s own circumstances of being like hundreds of thousands of others people with an Arab or a Muslim background doing daily double takes when faced with their reflection in a western mirror Whether an account of visiting Palestine and entering the Noble Sanctuary for the first time, an interpretation of women who choose to wear the veil, or her post September 11 reflections, Soueif s intelligent, fearless, deeply informed essays embody the modern search for identity and community.

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    About Ahdaf Soueif


    1. Ahdaf Soueif Arabic is an Egyptian short story writer, novelist and political and cultural commentator She was educated in Egypt and England studied for a PhD in linguistics at the University of Lancaster Her novel The Map of Love 1999 was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and subsequently translated into 21 languages Soueif writes primarily in English, but her Arabic speaking readers say they can hear the Arabic through the English Along with in depth and sensitive readings of Egyptian history and politics, Soueif also writes about Palestinians in her fiction and non fiction A shorter version of Under the Gun A Palestinian Journey was originally published in The Guardian and then printed in full in Soueif s recent collection of essays, Mezzaterra Fragments from the Common Ground 2004 Soueif has also translated Mourid Barghouti s I Saw Ramallah with a foreword by Edward Said from Arabic into English.In 2007, Soueif was one of than 100 artists and writers who signed an open letter initiated by Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism and the South West Asian, North African Bay Area Queers SWANABAQ and calling on the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival to honor calls for an international boycott of Israeli political and cultural institutions, by discontinuing Israeli consulate sponsorship of the LGBT film festival and not cosponsoring events with the Israeli consulate In 2008 she initiated the first Palestine Festival of Literature PalFest Soueif is also a cultural and political commentator for the Guardian newspaper and she has been reporting on the Egyptian revolution In January 2012 she published Cairo My City, Our Revolution a personal account of the first year of the Egyptian revolution


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    1. Globalisation is driven by economics, ideology and communications. Surely that is the path to constant conflict, to grief and misery. There is another way: to inhabit and broaden the common ground. This is the ground where everybody is welcome, the ground we need to defend and to expand. It is in Mezzaterra that every responsible person on this planet now needs to pitch their tent. This is the ground from which this book is calling.The way forward for mankind is to find that common ground - mezz [...]

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    2. Mezzaterra was one of those impulse buys - I wasn't familiar with the author until then and I also happened to pick it up without researching the book here on GR. So of course, it came as a pleasant surprise when I discovered that Soueif is not only a "prominent Arab intellectual" and author but that I loved her distinctive style of writing.Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground is a collection of essays on politics, literature, and culture written by Soueif over a period of 25 years and p [...]

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    3. I enjoyed the political essays and a few of the book reviews but felt the combination was awkward. Her essay "Contagious Exchanges" is one of the clearest descriptions I've read of the affect America's support of Israel has on its relationship with other Middle Eastern countries. Throughout her essays, she brings to light aspects of the Middle East that you don't often (or ever) see discussed in Western media.

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    4. i expected more specially after the 1st chapter but it got surprisingly dull, boring and complicatedme of the essays were childish to me, if she wanted to dish on "jihan al sadat" she could have done more effort than 5 useless pages that made no sense & carried no evidence!! immaturethe other essays were quite passable, but she was more focused on using "BIG" words than using the "RIGHT" words again immature overall, it showed prospect of a good political analysis and personal views of an Eg [...]

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    5. balanced, personal at times, essays about the middle ground mezzaterra, where an Egyptian intellectual living in Britain and travelling the world finds herself, not always a nice place, but one used by Ahdaf Soueif to pull others onto that mezzaterra and look from there towards both sides, east and west and learn from both.

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    6. a journal that is more independant or neutral about Palestinians and Israelis' lives it s rather sad and sometimes boring but overal good read to get better informed about the most complicated issue in the Middle East's and World's history!

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    7. some of the cultural articles were okd some of the political commentaries. everything is a bit self centered

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